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Publisher's Summary

In his latest business fable, top leadership author Mark Miller tells the story of newly appointed CEO Blake Brown, who takes over a company distressed by poor performance and low morale. Nothing Blake learned from his previous job seems to help him deal with the bigger, more complex problems he now faces. The game has changed. As his new mentor points out, Blake is playing a simple game of checkers when he should be playing chess. Miller uses this metaphor to show how leaders can encourage deep, strategic thinking throughout an organization and utilize the unique abilities of each employee (bishops move differently than knights). He explains how to apply the "chess not checkers" mentality in four critical areas: leadership development, employee engagement, organizational alignment, and execution. This is an appealing, accessible guide to helping all leaders think ahead, plan their moves, and avoid getting checkmated by circumstances or competitors.

©2015 Mark Miller (P)2015 Mark Miller

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Chess Not Checkers can be an interesting metaphor for business strategy.

Chess Not Checkers is an interesting metaphor for business strategy. It's true and it's essential. This book does a good job of telling a parable of the potential for more involved thinking.

As a business strategy book, the story is quite simplistic and unrealistic - like a fairy tale - so I wouldn't recommend it to experienced business readers who will likely already understand this.

While not a bad book, it frustrated me because real life is not so simple. People fear and resist change - even when it is in their better interest. People make mistakes and and have a difficult time learning advanced strategies. Many are not even capable of the complex and proactive thinking required of an advanced strategy like chess.

I found the narration too slow and listened to this at 2x speed.

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Nothing new

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes because the novelty of a story vs. a list of concepts was nice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

With the company being vague - pointed out at the beginning - made it tough to figure out how they actually did for the four steps. It would have been nice to have more detail on how the team accomplished each step instead of them hearing the step and being told to go do it.

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Great book!

Short books at times I feel can leave you disappointed and wanting more but it this book! It may be short but it’s packed full of great info and insight. Def worth reading several times when you want a quick reminder to inspire people to action.

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Everyone should read this book

Even if you think your company has arrived, think again Get this book for all of your employees.

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The Style & Substance Issue

A couple of quick notes:
1) Personally I wasn’t sure about wrapping the principles in a fictional story. But I’m always willing to learn, so I gave this book a shot.
What I found (after my initial discomfort at the style) was that the extremely valuable principles were clearly defined and clear in how they can transform an organization. This outline of principles can and will be transformative when applied.
2) My evaluation on the performance is solely based on my listening to all these leadership/business books at 1.25 speed. (As always, your results may vary.)

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Love Mark Miller Books!

I love Mark Miller books because they are succinct but pack a lot of leadership advice and experience! Anyone who leads should read this book!

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Great Book

Loved this book as it done an amazing job with great takeaways for Leadership Development

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A Great Piece Of Work!

I found this very easy to follow and implement looking forward to the additional resources!!

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Excellent book for any leader!

The concepts discussed in this short story are fantastic! Easy to understand and start applying in your business right away. Highly recommended.

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Awesome leadership book!

I Highly recommended that and level leader listen to this book. One of the best.

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Outstanding!

Wow what a book with such insight. An excellent, thorough and well thought through book on leadership with advice and steps which are easy to follow and not complicated.

Put simply a great book on leadership for leaders and those who are striving to be leaders.